The Defence Ministry said a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer fighter-bomber crashed during a training flight in the Chelyabinsk region when its nose cone came off,
“After an unsuccessful attempt to make an emergency landing, the pilots decided to steer the falling aircraft away from populated areas and ejected safely,” the ministry said in a statement.
The incident was caused by “failure of the aircraft control system,” it added.
All Su-24 aircraft at the Shagol Airbase in the Chelyabinsk region have been grounded after the crash, Col. Yaroslav Roshchupkin, aide to the central military district commander, said.
The aircraft crashed 67 km from the airfield during a routine training flight.